INDONESIA STUDIES PROGRAMME WEBINAR
About the Webinar
This webinar will discuss the main contents of the 2020 Employment Creation Law (UU Cipta Kerja) and sets out to elaborate on the Widodo government’s philosophical framework for this legislation, highlighting what is labelled a narrow “growthist” approach. It also aims to examine the formal justification for the legislation as embodied in the Naskah Akademis (academic papers), pointing out the centrality of the idea of ‘Ease of Doing Business’. The political economy behind the universal support for this approach across all political parties in parliament will also be analysed. This will be linked to the numerical prevalence of small and medium scale district and provincial level businesses operating in political tandem with a small number of mostly natural resource-based conglomerates as the basis of the political elite, who in turn shared a common philosophy on these issues.
The talk will survey criticisms of the Bill, including those that led to the removal of sections dealing with education and the media. It also analyses the opposition campaigns undertaken against the Bill that were spearheaded by Indonesian trade unions and environmental and other civil society groups. Different approaches used among the trade unions will be outlined, with consideration for how these differences in approaches could have led to the failure of the campaign in becoming a powerful move to force the government to retreat on the Bill. The webinar will also include an analysis of the balance of forces for and against the Omnibus Law and what this reveals about the general state of Indonesian politics today.
About the Speaker
Max Lane, Visiting Senior Fellow, ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute